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Germany's Schaeuble says Greece has made good reforms progress

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BERLIN German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was quoted in a newspaper interview on Sunday saying that Greece has made strong progress towards introducing reforms that could lead to the imminent release of further financial support.

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Syrian refugee Olympic swimmer becomes UNHCR ambassador 27 Apr 2017

GENEVA She escaped the bombs of Syria, and almost drowned when her dinghy capsized off Greece, but Yusra Mardini then competed at the Olympics and has now been appointed a U.N. goodwill ambassador to be a voice for people seeking shelter from war.

Greek banks sign deal with EIF to provide small business loans 27 Apr 2017

ATHENS Greek lenders Piraeus Bank and Alpha have signed agreements with the European Investment Fund (EIF) to provide 420 million euros (327.75 million pounds) in loans to more than 2,000 small businesses in the country, they said on Thursday.

Greek economy to grow 1.5 percent this year, less than official forecasts - IOBE 26 Apr 2017

ATHENS Greece's economy will only grow by up to 1.5 percent this year, the leading IOBE think tank said on Wednesday as it trimmed its forecast due to slow progress on the country's bailout review.

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EU's Juncker calls on euro zone to outline Greek debt relief measures in May - report 26 Apr 2017

ATHENS European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker urged euro zone countries to draw up more debt relief measures for Greece next month, saying Athens needed help after making "huge progress" in its economic reforms.

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Greece calls for debt relief as bailout talks resume in Athens 25 Apr 2017

ATHENS Greece's prime minister held out for a commitment from lenders to debt relief on Tuesday, and said he was confident new talks in Athens over a long-stalled bailout review would reach a deal by a May 22 target.

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Rome, Athens look to Macron to help douse anti-EU fires 24 Apr 2017

ATHENS/ROME The Italian and Greek governments are counting on France's likely next president Emmanuel Macron to help them see off populist parties that blame European Union-enforced austerity and open immigration policies for economic and social ills.

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At least 16 drown as migrant boat sinks off Greece's Lesbos 24 Apr 2017

ATHENS At least 16 people, including two children, drowned after an inflatable boat carrying refugees and migrants sank off Greece's Lesbos island, authorities said on Monday.

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German intelligence spied on Interpol - Spiegel 22 Apr 2017

BERLIN Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency spied on the Interpol international police agency for years and on the group's country liaison offices in dozens of countries such as Austria, Greece and the United States, a German magazine said.

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Greece blows EU-IMF bailout targets away with strong budget performance 21 Apr 2017

ATHENS Greece far exceeded its international lenders' budget demands last year, official data showed on Friday, posting its first overall budget surplus in 21 years even when debt repayments are included.

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